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Eric Lindros' No. 88: The Next Retired Number

Eric Lindros is one of the greatest players in the history of the Philadelphia Flyers. Two years ago, Mark Howe‘s no. 2 was retired by the team. Like the men before him, Lindros’ no. 88 will hang there as soon as he enters the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Lindros was one of the greatest players in the NHL during his prime. His unique blend of size and skill made him impossible to miss. All eyes were on Lindros when he was on the ice.

If Lindros had not been plagued by injuries during his career, he could have challenged for several NHL records. His career was over far too soon, but his numbers make him an undeniable choice for the hall of fame.

After Peter Forsberg‘s and Pavel Bure‘s induction, the precedent has been set for Lindros. If he is not elected to the next hall of fame class, the selection committee has done a disservice to the fans.

Lindros’ career stats are similar to the numbers Forsberg and Bure put up.

PLAYER
GAMES
GOALS
ASSISTS
POINTS
POINTS PER GAME
Eric Lindros7603724938651.36
Peter Forsberg7082496368851.28
Pavel Bure7024373427791.12

The numbers are far too similar to keep Eric Lindros out of the conversation for the hall of fame. What may stand out the most is the points per game statistic. Averaging a point per game through one season is hard enough, but to average more than a point per game through a career is something only an elite player can accomplish.

Beyond the stats, Lindros has the hardware to showcase. Lindros won the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award (then known as the Lester B. Pearson Award) in 1995 and was a seven-time all-star. Bure and Forsberg never won the Hart Trophy, but they were each seven-time all stars and won prized individuals awards.

Years ago, Lindros name was met with disgust from most Flyers fans. Time and concussion awareness has mended the relationship between the fans and Lindros. This was never more evident at the 2012 Alumni Game. Aside from Bernie Parent, Lindros received one of the loudest ovations from the crowd when he was introduced.

It is time for Eric Lindros to go where he belongs. Once he is elected to the hall of fame, his next step is to Philadelphia to see his no. 88 hang from the rafters.

Does Eric Lindros’ no. 88 deserve to be retired?

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